Leprechauns, gold coins, rainbows and more!
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! I love a good theme for therapy. There are so many fun St. Patrick’s Day activities for occupational therapy that you can do during this holiday to support student’s fine motor and visual motor skills. I have a few ideas to last you through the holiday and a freebie!
Leprechaun Movement Cards
One of my favorite activities is using leprechaun movement cards. Print out the leprechaun movement cards. Then, have your student perform an exercise. After they perform the exercise, give your child a gold coin to place on the leprechaun movement cards. Kids have so much fun seeing how many gold coins they can collect. I got my gold coins from the dollar store or you can print out pictures of gold coins. Check out the movement cards, here!
Fine Motor Hand Movement Imitation Game
I have the perfect activity for both virtual and in person learners. I use a fine motor imitation game with FUN St. Patrick’s Day questions. If the child is in person, I print out cards. If the child is virtual, I will screenshare. I will show children a fun question about St. Patrick’s day such as “Which do you like more? Shamrock cupcakes or Shamrock cake?). Children answer the question by showing me a hand movement. Check out the game here. If you want to incorporate handwriting, have students write down a guess of what their friend’s (or therapists) choice would be. They can then share their guess and see if their guess is correct by having their friend (or therapist) show them the fine motor hand sign!
Another great activity for virtual or in person therapy is a Leprechaun Job Application. Student’s will pick out their choice of job and then answer specific questions about the job. This is differentiated as students will then fill out 2 questions (circling) or 4 questions (Write in 1 sentence) about the job. Students will then draw a picture of the job. Check out the printable version here. If you are looking for a virtual version, check out the Boom Cards version of the Leprechaun Job Application here!
St. Patrick’s Day writing prompts is a fun way to focus on idea generation and handwriting. These prompts include fun pictures with a word bank to support idea generation and spelling. Kids will write a story or sentences about the picture. These include fun St. Patrick’s Day pictures. Check out the writing prompts, here!
Activities for preschool students
A FREEBIE FOR YOU
Last but not least, I have an amazing freebie for you today. Check out Shamrock letters. Children will copy the uppercase or lowercase letters of the alphabet onto shamrocks. This is differentiated for blank space or 3 lined paper. If you want this freebie, sign up for my email list. You will then receive a password to access the freebie library.